Thursday, 6 April 2017

Minttu Swing top - Named SS17 Playground Collection


The Minttu Swing top was the final pattern I tested from the new Named collection. This is a flattering design with a high neckline, cut-away armholes, side panels and a swing shape. It has a one-piece facing for a neat finish at the neckline and armholes.


I used a 100% cotton knit that I had dyed with indigo and that was left over from my Alabama Chanin dress, one of my favourite creations.


This is a quick and easy top to sew and I highly recommend it. It is very easy to wear and the style goes with many different 'bottom-half' garments. In these photos I'm wearing some StyleArc Elle pants. Yesterday I wore it with some loose Hudson Pants modified to be made with a woven fabric and I think it looked even better. You'll have to believe me, I've done my photo session!


I rarely wear anything with cut-away armholes, but actually I think they are more flattering to the arms than a simple sleeveless design. The attention is drawn away from the upper arms somehow. This is a definite win for keeping cool and looking...well, hot! OK, at least a few degrees warmer than usual.


The only issue with appearing to have amazing arms, is that normal bra straps show. I didn't have any racer-style bras, so quickly whizzed up a couple of Noelle bras - the free underwear pattern by Madalynne. I did an FBA on the Noelle pattern as it's really for smaller busted women. I can recommend the bra and knickers.


I am thrilled with this top and with my other Playground Collection items, the Maisa denim jacket and the Ansa dress and top. I think this is my favourite Named collection so far.




13 comments:

  1. Wow, you've really aced all of Named's latest collection! No wonder they chose you to test.

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    1. I love pattern testing for Named, they are always so cool!

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  2. Wow. This looks really great! Good job! I think I have a pattern with that silhouette, and now I'm even more excited to try it. Good thought on the dra as well.

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    1. This is such a flattering silhouette. Good luck!

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  3. Love this! It was the one pattern I bought from this collection. Traced and ready to go...

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    1. You will look amazing in this. I can't wait to see your version!

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  4. Another brilliant make. Love that fabric, it suits the top perfectly. Oh yes, and, those arms!!

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    1. Thank you, you can't go wrong with indigo. Let's not talk anymore about the arms!

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  5. Love your Minttu! Beautiful fabric (brilliant to make extra!) Lovely how it fits across the top and arms and flows out from there.

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    1. Thank you so much. It is great fun to use indigo, I was very happy to use this fabric!

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  6. I love this cut away armhole too - so flattering! I discovered one of my bras has hooks so I can convert it into a cross back bra and it works well under my cut away dress. This top looks fab in your amazing dyed fabric!

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    1. Thank you for the bra idea. I'll give it a try!

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